How AI is Revolutionizing the Foodservice Industry

How AI is Revolutionizing the Foodservice Industry

The global food service market is expected to grow to $5,423.59 billion by 2030. Amid this swift growth, there’s a silent revolution quietly stirring beneath the surface, i.e., Artificial Intelligence (AI).

AI in the food industry is reshaping the game, adding a touch of innovation to produce food that’s going beyond automating processes and crunching numbers. In this blog post, we will explore the AI revolution in the foodservice industry and how it’s impacting the way we work in the food industry today. 

Role of AI in Food Industry 

AI in the food industry is redefining almost every process’s workflow. Take, for example, the Kewpie Corporation, a renowned Japanese food processing company. It created an AI-based TensorFlow machine to identify anomalies in farm food (using machine learning).

AI’s influence is also shaking up what’s on our plates. Shake Shack fast-food chain added a twist to its menu by introducing dairy-free, plant-based desserts. An AI algorithm named Giuseppe, playing the role of digital ‘chef’, analyzed the molecular structure of animal-based dairy to find plant-based alternatives that could best mimic the characteristics we love in our food. As a result, Shake Shack introduced a chocolate shake and chocolate frozen custard (absolutely dairy-free). Food manufacturers use AI-enabled cameras to ensure restaurant workers comply with food safety regulations (use of proper food protection gear, hygiene, contamination prevention). These intelligent surveillance systems can detect any breach in protocol in real-time.

The University of Nottingham has developed AI-based sensor technology for equipment cleaning, which traditionally accounts for almost 30% of a food processing plant’s energy and water supplies. This ingenious technology can save nearly $133 million annually and drastically reduce cleaning time by 50%, resulting in significant energy and water savings.

How Is AI Revolutionizing the Foodservice Industry? 

AI in the food and beverage industry is transforming how businesses operate, innovate, and connect with customers.

Optimizing Supply Chain Management

Food and beverage distributors can track the movement of their raw material, ensuring it’s moving in the right direction and at the right pace. AI applications can help food suppliers, and restaurants reduce food waste, saving billions of dollars.

During food transportation, this kind of AI-powered supply chain visibility can also prevent raw materials from being misplaced or misrouted, disruptions that could severely affect production timelines. Whether it’s food packaging or food production ingredients, AI applications and portals give food manufacturers full control over their supply chains.

Analyzing and Predicting Customer Demands

Using artificial intelligence, it’s easy to analyze customer desires and trends. It provides the confidence to introduce products with specific characteristics, knowing they align with consumer needs.

Brizo FoodMetrics allows the following entities to efficiently meet customer needs and accurately target the right audience:

Propelling Market Growth

The rapidly expanding world of food courts and malls drives significant market growth. With the increased spending on out-of-home food consumption, AI is the key force in optimizing this expansion for the entire food industry. A food business can gain deep insights into customer behavior, emerging food trends, and profitable location identification by employing AI-based predictive analytics.

Use Cases of AI in the Foodservice Industry

AI’s use case extends right to the ordering windows of drive-thrus as well. Pioneers in the fast food industry like Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have partnered with Presto Automation to implement AI-powered voice recognition solutions at their drive-thru locations nationwide. With AI, the food processing industry can harness the power of market data to target and sell their products or services more effectively. They can create customized marketing strategies that resonate with their audience by analyzing purchasing patterns, customer preferences, and market trends.

Data enrichment tools for the food and beverage industry empower food businesses to analyze market intel and optimize their food supply chain. It allows for real-time tracking and management of goods, from raw materials to finished products, reducing waste and improving efficiency.

AI-powered analytics can help franchisors analyze various factors, including demographics, competition, and consumer behavior, to identify potential locations for new outlets.

Benefits of AI in the Foodservice Industry

Here are some benefits of AI in the foodservice industry:

Key Takeaways

Integrating AI in the foodservice industry is no longer a luxury but a necessity for businesses aiming to stay competitive and profitable. Brizo FoodMetrics provides comprehensive and actionable insights that empower your business to thrive in the AI-driven future of food industries. To leverage the latest technology for your foodservice business, explore what Brizo FoodMetrics offers. Get Started for Free!